Turn Google+ on or off for users

As a Google Apps administrator, you can control who in your organization uses Google+ from their account. Just turn Google+ on or off for those people in your Google Admin console. People who have Google+ turned on can use it for social networking at your company or school.

Don't turn on Google+ for users who don't meet Google+ age requirements. Turn on Google+ only in organizational units where all users meet the requirements. If an underage user tries to sign up for Google+, his or her entire Google Apps account—including Gmail and other services—is disabled.

Before you begin

Google+ might already be enabled

Google+ is enabled automatically for users if all of the following apply:

  • You have Google Apps or Google Apps for Work.
  • Your Admin console is set up to automatically opt in to new services when Google releases them.
  • Calendar, Drive, Talk/Hangouts, and Google Photos are turned on for your users.
Requires Calendar, Drive, Hangouts, and Photos

Using Google+ requires using the following services. These services must therefore be turned on for users in your Admin console:

  • Google Drive for document sharing in Hangouts *
  • Google Photos for photo sharing *
  • Google Calendar for Google+ Events. Turn on Calendar
  • Google Talk/Hangouts for real-time messaging. Turn on Talk/Hangouts
* Drive and Photos are turned on automatically for users when you turn on their Google+ service. To later turn off Google Drive or Google Photos for users, you'll also need to turn off their Google+ service.
 

Review all considerations before enabling Google+.

Enable Google+

1. Enable Google+ in the Admin console

Before you begin: To turn the service on or off for select groups of users, put their accounts in an organizational unit.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console dashboard, go to Apps > Additional Google Services > Google+.
  3. At the top of the gray box, click Settings and choose:
    • On for everyone to turn on the service for all users (click again to confirm).
    • Off to turn off the service for all users (click again to confirm).
    • On for some organizations to change the setting only for some users.
  4. If you chose On for some organizations:
    1. Select the organization that contains the users whose settings you want to change.
    2. Click Override or Inherit, whichever is showing.
    3. Click On Turn on icon or Off Turn off icon to change the setting.
    4. Click Apply. Then click again to confirm.

    Learn more about the organizational structure.

  5. Check the box to acknowledge Google+ conditions of use. Then click Turn Google+ on.

    NOte: Turning on users' Google+ service automatically turns on their Drive and Google Photos services, if these services aren't already on.

  6. Make sure users' Calendar and Talk/Hangouts services are also turned on.
2. Get users started with Google+

After you turn on users Google+ service and other required services:

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